We often joke about how cities in the South shut down when winter weather strikes.  Northerners may be better equipped to handle driving through blizzards, yet, there has yet to be a car built that can get us from point A to point B when ice is covering the roadways unless we are cautious.  The best way to avoid losing control of your vehicle is to remember these driving tips when you have to travel in less than desirable conditions.

  1. Turn on your headlights when driving in bad weather. The more visible you are the better drivers nearby can see you.  Be sure snow is cleared away from your lights as well.
  2. Keep your windshield clear of snow and ice. If your wipers can’t keep up with the weather, pull off the road.  You run the risk of not being able to see at all as conditions worsen.
  3. Avoid using cruise control. Your awareness tends to slip when you use cruise control.  You need to be prepared to brake if a vehicle in front of you swerves or brakes suddenly.
  4. Go slow. Nothing is more important than your safety.  Drive responsibly and take your time. 
  5. Refrain from texting and driving or calls. Anything that can distract you when driving is dangerous.  Put down the phone so you can concentrate on the task at hand.
  6. Pay attention to the roads, nearby cars, and your surroundings.
  7. Stay at least 5 car lengths behind vehicles when driving on the interstates and 2-3 when driving in town. It is recommended that you stay 1 car length behind per every 10 miles per hour.
  8. Be cautious passing high-profile trucks. Strong gusts of wind can whip around tall vehicles pushing you out of your lane.  Ice compounds the issue and may cause you to lose control.

Postpone your trip if at all possible or pull off the road to take a break.  If you must travel, make sure you give yourself extra time to travel and always wear your seatbelt.  Though it may be slow going, you’ll be safe and avoid injuring yourself in a crash. 

If you’re one of the smart ones and have stayed home but find yourself looking head-on into the headlights of a car that has slid out of control and plowed into your living room, then give us a call.  At LaPointe Construction Board up Service, we can temporarily shore your home to ensure your safety.  Shoring a home will give you time to look into repairs while not having to worry about a collapse.  We can also board up any holes to protect your home from the elements and other potential hazards.

Give our team a call at 978-447-5991 to learn more about our Temporary Shoring Services.  You can also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction. We’re available to help answer your questions and will work to provide you with the best solution for your needs.